December 25, 2023 at 9:11 AM #19419Len SzafarynGeneral Member
Good morning, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Years ago Andy Jackson’s generosity provided us all with the foundation that allowed a fringe group of like minded individuals to pursue a beloved lifetime activity which we still are privileged to enjoy on this Christmas day 44 years later.
Much has changed in the free flying community since. Much remains the same. Site ownership still remains the critical concern for all.
To that end, the entire ranch property will be donated debt free and become:
The entire document is visible at :
Articles 3 and 5 are probably of the most interest to CSS members.
Bylaws of Len Szafaryn Free Flight Conservancy
A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation
ARTICLE 3 PURPOSES
Section 3.1 General Purpose
The Corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain
of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of California (“California
Nonprofit Corporation Law”) for public and charitable purposes.
Section 3.2 Specific Purpose
The specific purpose of the Corporation shall include without limitation, to preserve, support and
promote the sports of paragliding and hang gliding.
Section 3.3 Founding Philosophy
The Corporation was specifically set up as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in order to
protect the land use and ownership. Other options were considered that offered both advantages
and disadvantages. While some of these options reduce the likelihood of the Corporation being a
target of a legal challenge, at the end of the day the ownership of the land has to reside with the
flying community under the guidance of the board of directors.
Protecting against liability claims will always be on the forefront of the Corporation’s concerns.
The Board will keep this concern always at the forefront of any decisions involving the land use.
Revenues from related activities will not be required to support the Corporation’s expenses so any
activities that may lead to increased risk or uninsurable activities shall be avoided.
In the years to come we envision a beautiful Crestline Soaring Society landing field with a
welcoming atmosphere. Pilots in the landing zone will be able to look north at incoming wings on
approach against a beautiful background of the conserved land, unencumbered by development.
The Corporation shall, in accordance with its Specific Purpose and in priority order:
(1) Protect and beautify the property under its stewardship in perpetuity;
(2) Support the Crestline Soaring Society; and,
(3) Support the national free flying communities.
ARTICLE 5 DEDICATION OF ASSETS
Section 5.1 Property Dedicated to Nonprofit Purposes
The property of the Corporation is irrevocably dedicated to public and charitable purposes. No
part of the net income or assets of the Corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any of its
Directors or Officers, or to the benefit of any private person, except that the Corporation is
authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make
payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 3 hereof.
Section 5.2 Distribution of Assets Upon Dissolution
Upon the dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or
provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed to a
nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for public
and charitable purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of
I’ve chosen the board of directors based on their proven abilities to lead and care for our flying site – individuals who’s past actions and deeds give me great confidence in the conservancy’s future.
Owen Morse – President
Rob McKenzie – Vice President
Alan Crouse – Secretary
Greg Hunter – Treasurer
Jana Pivkova – Director
Thank you to these five for the pledge of their future time and effort.
Also thanks to the current CSS Board of Directors for their hard work and leadership.
Moving ahead I look forward to the entire CSS community coming together as a team and family to support our wonderful flying site.
Here’s to a healthy and prosperous ’24 filled with lots of high altitudes and big distances!
LenDecember 25, 2023 at 9:26 AM #19420Jonathan DietchGeneral Member
Please grant my request for access to the full document so I can know the full terms of your generosity.
AKA Vicarious IcarusDecember 25, 2023 at 9:42 AM #19421David Van NoppenGeneral Member
Crestline and Sylmar are the bedrock of our sport and we need to pull together TO GETHER in order for it to keep working. We need to follow rules though most of us are not followers of Rules. I don’t know where I’m going with this other than in the public eye we need to be on point, professional and friendlyDecember 25, 2023 at 9:52 AM #19422Ken HowellsGeneral Member
Yes,Virginia, the IS a Szanta Claus!
Can’t wait to see the full details.December 25, 2023 at 10:04 AM #19423Mario MirallesGeneral Member
What an incredible gift to our sport. Endless thanks!!! Best Christmas gift ever and such a wonderful group of people who have chosen to insure that this gift keeps giving.
With much gratitude,
MarioDecember 25, 2023 at 11:10 AM #19424
Thank you Len. This gift is the greatest act of generosity and benevolence I have seen in my 50 years in the sport. Its scope and impact on the future security of the Andy Jackson Airpark is breathtaking.
Humbly, I thank you for your faith in the current, and the many future board members of the Len Szafaryn Free Flight Conservancy to protect the Andy Jackson Airpark in perpetuity.
Rob McKenzieDecember 25, 2023 at 11:45 AM #19425
Thank you Len for this unbelievable act of generosity. Your action has secured the future of this beautiful site for many generations of pilots to come. Most humbled and gratefulDecember 25, 2023 at 12:15 PM #19427Alan CoffieldGeneral Member
Wow, It is an honor to be one of the first on this thread to thank you (and Owen for his contributions as well) to this most generous gift. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you, Thank you and Thank You, AlanDecember 25, 2023 at 1:19 PM #19429
What a Christmas. Long live the Len Szafaryn Free Flight Conservancy, and the CSS. The entire sport owes a debt of Gratitude; may that spirit guide the future.December 25, 2023 at 1:21 PM #19430December 25, 2023 at 1:27 PM #19432Dale MarsdenGeneral Member
This is absolutely wonderful. Len, I’m a newbie to the sport, just two years. I am so grateful for you generosity and legacy consideration. What joy!!
Dale MarsdenDecember 25, 2023 at 1:53 PM #19433Kathleen RhodesGeneral Member
Fantastic news! Thank you so much. We are looking forward to the future!December 25, 2023 at 3:49 PM #19435John WrightGeneral Member
Thank you, Len!
The legacy of your generosity will help many soar who might not have, otherwise.December 25, 2023 at 7:13 PM #19436Jerome DaoustGeneral Member
Very impressive Len ! This will go a long way towards securing and embellishing the LZ area.December 25, 2023 at 8:55 PM #19437Tim WardGeneral Member
Thank you, Len.
I’m afraid I didn’t get you anything, though.
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